Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese system of natural healing that doesn’t use drugs or surgery to treat illness. Instead, it focuses on restoring natural energy, called Qi (pronounced “chee”), along pathways in the body called meridians. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), illness is caused by disruptions in these energy pathways. If your Qi is blocked, the flow of blood is stagnated, resulting in pain and illness. Acupuncture works to balance the flow of Qi to organs, glands and body tissues. 

All Aurora Health Care acupuncturists are certified by the state of Wisconsin and follow the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) guidelines.

Conditions commonly treated with acupuncture include, but are not limited to:

  • Muscle, bone and joint conditions
  • Nervous system conditions
  • Respiratory issues 
  • Cardiac issues 
  • Addictions to smoking, drugs and food
  • Obstetric and gynecological issues
Acupuncture has also been successfully used to treat cancer patients, easing nausea and boosting immune function. Learn more about Aurora’s acupuncture program for people with cancer.  

What to Expect

During an acupuncture session, a trained acupuncturist inserts fine, hair-thin needles into precise spots on your body along energy pathways or meridians. While everyone experiences acupuncture differently, most people feel only a small amount of sensation as the needles are inserted. All needles are disposed of after one use. Heat and electrical stimulation (moxa) may be used to enhance the therapeutic effect.
Most often, you’ll book a course of 10 treatments, though you may notice improvement after only a couple visits. Your first visit may take 90 minutes, with following visits lasting about 30 to 60 minutes. Check with your insurance provider before beginning treatment to see if acupuncture is covered by your plan. 

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Locations That Offer This Service

Door County

Aurora Health Center
1910 Alabama St.
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

Milwaukee County

Aurora Advanced Healthcare
3003 West Good Hope Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53209

Aurora Wiselives Center
8320 W. Bluemound Road
Suite 125 A

Wauwatosa, WI 53213

Aurora Sinai Medical Center
945 North 12th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53201
Physical Medicine & Rehab
(4th Floor, Easy Street)

Aurora Women's Pavilion of Aurora West Allis Medical Center
8901 W. Lincoln Ave.
West Allis, WI 53227


Aurora Advanced Healthcare
12203 N. Corporate Pkwy.
Mequon, WI 53092


Aurora Health Center
8400 Washington Avenue
Racine, WI 53406


Aurora Advanced Healthcare
N84 W16889 Menomonee Ave.
Menomonee Falls, WI 53051

Aurora Health Center
16985 W. Bluemound Road
Brookfield, WI 53005
Winnebago County

Aurora Health Care
1136 Westowne Dr.
Neenah, WI 54956

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